Nuggets’ Jamal Murray joins Donovan Mitchell in elite club with Michael Jordan
Denver Nuggets sharpshooter Jamal Murray was not going to let Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell outshine him, as he also joined the prestigious club of players with multiple 50-point games in the NBA playoffs.
The 23-year-old Canadian uncorked 50 markers, five rebounds and six assists in Game 6 against the Jazz on Sunday, leading his team to a 119-107 victory. The win allowed the third-seeded Nuggets to force a do-or-die Game 7 on Tuesday.
The marvelous feat also paved the way for Murray to join the likes of Hall of Famers Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Allen Iverson and Jerry West.
Players with multiple career 50-point games in the NBA playoffs
– Michael Jordan: 8
– Wilt Chamberlain: 4
– Allen Iverson: 3
– Jerry West: 2
– Donovan Mitchell: 2
– Jamal Murray: 2
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) August 31, 2020
Donovan Mitchell beat Jamal Murray to the punch, dropping 57 points in Game 1 followed by a 51-point explosion in Game 4. But with their backs against the wall, the Nuggets fought back in Game 5, led by Murray who drained 17-of-24 of his field goals and went 9-of-12 from 3-point territory.
Murray also dropped 50 in Game 4, but his efforts went for naught as the Jazz came away with the W.
Led by Murray’s 37 points in Game 1, Denver drew first-blood in their best-of-seven affair versus the Jazz. But the 6-foot-4 guard cooled off in the next two games, dropping 14 and 12 points, respectively. Murray has been shooting the lights out ever since, dropping a ridiculous total of 142 markers in the last three contests.
The said mark puts him in another elite company of lethal scorers.
Jamal Murray has scored 142 points over his last three games. Only two players in NBA postseason history have scored more points over a three-game span: Jerry West (1965) and Michael Jordan (1988).
— Justin Kubatko (@jkubatko) August 31, 2020
The Nuggets versus Jazz series, meanwhile, has definitely lived up to the hype and more. They are the first two teams to reach a deciding Game 7 in the 2020 playoffs so far. Murray and Mitchell, on the other hand, will figure in a final duel to see whose team advances to the next round versus the Los Angeles Clippers.